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  • Peres Kindles Chanukah Lights in Sderot

    Israel’s president lit the fourth Chanukah candle in Sderot in a show of solidarity with the beleaguered southern community. Shimon Peres held a candlelighting ceremony with hundreds of children and other residents of Sderot. “In Gaza they light rockets, and in Sderot we light candles,” Peres said. “We are a persevering people; we are a… More ▸

  • Neo-nazis Disrupt Budapest Chanukah Celebration

    Neo-Nazi protesters disrupted a Chanukah celebration in Budapest. Members of the Hungarian Guard shouted anti-Semitic epithets in the middle of Heroes Square, not far from where several hundred mostly young people lit torches to celebrate the holiday. The Chanukah program was organized by the Balint-Haz Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Agency for Israel and Hungarian… More ▸

  • Bnei Menashe Get Chanukah Books

    A book about Chanukah laws and customs was released in the native language of the Bnei Menashe of northeastern India. Some 1,000 copies in their native languages of Mizo and Kuki already have been distributed throughout the Indian states of Mizoram and Manipur, where the bulk of the Bnei Menashe live. The Bnei Menashe, who… More ▸

  • Protest Against Chanukah Celebration Dismissed

    Two right-wing activists were denied permission to demonstrate in front of the Budapest’s main synagogue. Budapest police on Tuesday said they rejected the request by Gyorgy Budahazy and Laszlo Toroczkai to protest in front of the Dohany Street synagogue because it would hold up traffic on a major thoroughfare. Budahazy and Torockai, who have organized… More ▸

  • Sydney Jews, Trade Unionists Celebrate Chanukah

    Members of an Australian trade union that accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing” joined Jewish officials at a Chanukah celebration. A candlelighting ceremony Thursday at union headquarters in New South Wales included members of the Maritime Union of Australia. In March, the union’s Sydney branch endorsed a controversial advertisement in The Australian newspaper that accused Israel… More ▸

  • Bush Recalls Truman at Chanukah Lighting

    President Bush recalled Harry Truman’s legacy at a reception marking Chanukah. Bush’s Chanukah reception Monday night, his last, featured the chanukiyah given to Truman in 1951 by David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, three years after the then-U.S. president was the first world leader to recognize Israel. “A decade after President Truman received this gift,… More ▸

  • Figuring out How to Celebrate Chanukah

    I’ll admit it: Chanukah is a holiday I’ve approached with diminishing enthusiasm over the years. I’m not into latkes; I prefer egg rolls. Dreidel’s not nearly as fun as Scrabble. And as the holiday approaches, so, too, does our loaded debate: Are we giving gifts this year or what? It wasn’t always this way. Growing… More ▸

  • Reform Makes Chanukah Plea in Malaria Fight

    The Reform movement is encouraging its members to dedicate one night of Chanukah to a charity project to fight malaria. The Union for Reform Judaism is calling on American Jews to take part in the Nothing But Nets campaign, which provides insecticide-treated bed nets to Sudanese refugees as part of the global fight against the… More ▸

  • Christmas Tree on Bush Chanukah Invite

    The invitation to the White House Chanukah reception sports a Christmas tree. The picture features a horse pulling a Christmas tree on a wagon traveling in front of the White House. The wagon bears a sign reading “White House Christmas Tree 2008,” the New York Post reported. The president and first lady host an annual… More ▸

  • In Moscow, Reveling on Simchat Torah

    It’s a few minutes to midnight in the Marina Roscha synagogue and the vodka is flowing. Strains of Hebrew dirges fill the cafeteria where hundreds of people line tables that stretch across the hall. Suddenly a black-garbed figure bounds onto the head table, singing fervently, clapping his hands and testing the table’s breaking point with… More ▸